Wow! John McCain did something admirable today.
The reprobates in his party accused an innocent person of being part of a huge Muslim conspiracy, and he basically told them to shut the f— up.
Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is a Muslim American. The GOP scare mongers Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) have recently accused her of being “a part of a conspiracy led by the Muslim Brotherhood to influence U.S. foreign policy to advance Islamist causes,” according to a report in the Washington Post.
Here’s what’s on the Web site of Bachmann, the Swiss Miss:
“The national security of our country depends on getting straight answers from the Inspectors General to the questions we posed in these letters,” said Bachmann. “The Muslim Brotherhood is not shy about their call for jihad against the United States. We seek answers through these letters because we will not tolerate this group and its affiliates holding positions of power in our government or influencing our nation’s leaders.”
The letter they sent to the Department of State is attached here.
Let’s see: At this point of the movie, the legislator after deliberate consideration, rises up on the floor of Congress and reveals the bombshell:
You see the statement. You see the letter. Huma Abedin is a Muslim.
But she’s a devoted aide to Clinton. The worst that can be said about Abedin is her husband’s an idiot. But that’s not the issue. The issue is her loyalty to America.
So McCain shed his Grumpy McLoser persona, and addressed the Senate:
Put simply, Huma represents what is best about America: the daughter of immigrants, who has risen to the highest levels of our government on the basis of her substantial personal merit and her abiding commitment to the American ideals that she embodies so fully. I am proud to know Huma and to call her my friend. …
These sinister accusations rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family, none of which have been shown to harm or threaten the United States in any way. These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now.
Bachmann proceeded to double down:
The intention of the letters was to outline the serious national security concerns I had and ask for answers to questions regarding the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical group’s access to top Obama administration officials.
This is just the latest example of the dangerous national security decisions made by the Obama administration. I will not be silent as this administration appeases our enemies instead of telling the truth about the threats our country faces.
I’ll throw in Juan Cole here. He’s the expert on Middle East politics and a professor at the University of Michigan. On his blog, Informed Comment, he points out:
There is a figure in the Federal government that has suspicious ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim fundamentalist movement that began in Egypt in 1928. It is Michele Bachmann.
He gives a four point explanation here.
Now, some folks of my political persuasion will say McCain is standing up to the crazies because he won his re-election almost two years ago and doesn’t go before the voters for another four years, so he knows it’s not going to hurt him. But I think that would be unfair. After all, he did stand up to the crazies when he was running for president:
So, McCain did the right thing and should be commended.
The upshot: He pisses off the far right again. And I bet in a few days, he’ll piss me off again. I guess that makes him a centrist, tilted to the right?
- McCain Rips Into Michele Bachmann’s Accusation That Sec. Clinton Aide Is Muslim Brotherhood (mediaite.com)
- McCain Slams Bachmann For ‘Unwarranted And Unfounded Attack’ On Clinton Aide (thinkprogress.org)
- John McCain defends Huma Abedin from attacks by Michele Bachmann (guardian.co.uk)
- Bachmann under fire (salon.com)
- John McCain Takes On Michele Bachmann’s Incite-ful Accusations (lezgetreal.com)
- McCain refutes accusations by fellow Republicans about Hillary Clinton aide (security.blogs.cnn.com)
- McCain defends Clinton aide against allegations (newsok.com)